Last summer, the Minneapolis house that appeared in Purple Rain as the home where Prince’s character “the Kid” lived went up for sale. Who bought it? Prince himself, it turns out.
Hennepin County property records list the owner of the 1913 house as NPG Music Publishing — one of Prince’s companies, now in care of the Bremer Trust.
It’s far from the only Minnesota property Prince owned. Public records reveal several more properties owned by Prince’s companies in the Twin Cities metro area. During his life, Prince also owned houses — later sold — in locations including Los Angeles and Spain.
Most of Prince’s property was in Chanhassen, where he owned over 200 acres, making him one of the city’s largest individual landholders. (On multiple occasions in recent years, he came close to losing some of that property due to unpaid property taxes.)
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Jeff Munson worked on various projects for Prince, Paisley Park Studios, Paisley Park Records, Paisley Park Enterprises, PRN Productions, NPG Records, and Glam Slam from 1988 to 1994.
“In early 1990 when I was still relatively new to working at Paisley Park, I was asked to go visit the set to get approval from Prince for another project. This usually would have been a quick exchange and I would be on my way, but this particular day he asked if I could to stay and help make a movie. Of course I said yes, and was then assigned to work with the art department headed by Vance Lorenzini of Lorenzini Design. Those were long days, and I would return to Paisley Park to do my other “normal” work at night. I joined the shoot when we were shooting in sound stages in New Hope, MN. Later we would shoot the remainder of the film in the sound stage at Paisley Park.
I did the original logo for the film, using old style pen and ink. Prince liked and approved it but Warner Brothers didn’t let us use it. It remained the logo for the Graffiti Bridge Corporation and I later did his name in the same style. It was used on several other projects, and was also made into jewelry.
My main tasks on set were doing the graffiti on the buildings, helping with props, and painting the lyrics on the wall. I also assisted the art department in everything from set construction to sweeping up. It was a blast to be a part of this project. I had never been on the set of a movie before, let alone with such great artists as George Clinton, Mavis Staples, The Time, and Jill Jones.
I had one shot to get it right with these lyrics on the wall, we had to paint over it a few times during the course of filming to put up different song lyrics. It would take several hours to make the wall look weathered and blank again, so there was no room for error, you can’t keep a whole major motion picture crew waiting because you messed up. I had sketched out a rough miniature of the live area of the wall and had to make it work the first time and hope the words would all fit at a legible size.
I have great memories of working on this movie. Making movies is a lot of hurry and wait, repetition and long hours but we also had a lot of fun at the same time. One afternoon in the sound stage at Paisley Park, during the bridge sequences, Prince, Jerome Benton and other members of The Time started picking up wood chips from the set and throwing them at each other, sneaking around objects and ambushing one another. Then it was right back to work, they had a movie to make after all.
It was amazing to see the speed at which sets were created and torn down to make room for other sets. The driving of the jeep through the window of Glam Slam had to be done in one take. There was no time to rebuild the set if it didn’t work.”